Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us (Mannheim) – Organ

Lyrics – 3 verses

Suitable for: Lent, Baptism of Christ, Remebrance Sunday, General Usage

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
O’er this world’s tempestuous sea
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us
For we have no help but thee;
Yet possessing every blessing
If our God our Father be

Saviour, breath forgiveness o’er us:
All our weaknesses thou dost know;
Though didst tread this earth before us,
Thou did feel its keenest woe;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary,
Through the desert thou didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
Love with every passion blending,
Pleasure that can never cloy:
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
Ever can our peace destroy.

Lyrics: James Edmeston (1791 – 1867). Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: Mannheim
  • Composer: Friedrich Filitz (1804 – 1876)
  • Meter: 87 87 87
  • Performance Copyright © 2020 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

(ISRC: UKTU21900093 – UPC: 5060707370788 – DK UPC: 195068855799)

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Lord of all hopefulness (Slane) – Orchestra

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Lyrics

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Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Slane
  • Meter: 10 11 11 12
  • Verses: 4
  • Style: Traditional Irish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Church Year: Remembrance, General
  • Composer: Unknown – Traditional Irish melody.
  • Lyricist: Jan Struther (1901 – 1953).
  • Music Public Domain
  • Orchestral Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2009 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Organ Arrangement:  Copyright ©  2017 Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2009 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

O God, our help in ages past (Saint Anne) – Orchestra

Hymn – O God, our help in ages past – Lyrics

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Saint Anne
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Baroque
  • Usage: Remembrance Sunday, General
  • Composer: William Croft (1678 – 1727)
  • Lyricist: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2007 (Orchestral) and 2016 (Organ) Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

 

O God, our help in ages past (Saint Anne) – Organ and Descant

Hymn – O God, our help in ages past – Lyrics

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

Recordings

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Original Key C Major

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Details

  • Tune: Saint Anne
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Baroque
  • Usage: Remembrance Sunday, General
  • Composer: William Croft (1678 – 1727)
  • Lyricist: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

O valiant hearts (Valiant Hearts) – Brass Band

Hymn – O Valiant Hearts – Lyrics

O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
As who had heard God’s message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
While in the frailty of our human clay,
Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.

Still stands His Cross from that dread hour to this,
Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
Still, through the veil, the Victor’s pitying eyes
Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
Following through death the martyred Son of God:
Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
Whose cross has bought them and Whose staff has led,
In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Valiant Hearts
  • Meter: 10 10 10 10
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Usage: Remembrance Sunday
  • Composer: Rev. C. Harris (Unknown)
  • Lyricist: John Stanhope Arkwright (1872-1954)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

To dance with Angels

Poem – To dance with Angels

Heroes all who lead and follow
Into worlds where death does tread
Climbing high or crouched in hollow
Primed with orders clearly said

Senses ready, droplets on chin
Enemy sighted, eyes fixed on prey
Harsh men walking, talking, thin
Stumbling into deadly fray

A whisper, a nod, bullet flies
Standing proud for better aim
Cracks of fire fill the sky
It has begun, this awful game

Quiet moment, silence so loud
Panting, blood rushing so fast
Staring intently at lying crowd
Dead or not, check to the last

Sudden thoughts of friends not foe
The call goes out ‘is everyone there’?
Stop and hope, does anyone know?
Where are those men whose lives I share?

Words of fear, medic called
Who is down, what damage done?
Two lie still by others walled
My life, my world, my brothers gone

Letters written with no reprieve
The end is real, last breath taken
Cries of pain as families seethe
Why was ours the one forsaken?

Friends fallen, men of honour
Worshipped by those left free
Carried high, their finest hour
Sense, the families cannot see

With all vigour and courage they went
Ready to battle at moment’s glance
Returned, carried, all life spent
With smiling angels, now to dance

Forgetting them will never be an option
Our lives entwined by brutal deed
Matters not, real or political concoction
Know they gave life, so we may be free

Words Copyright © 2016 Courtenay Merchant – Used with Permission

Recording

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Details

  • Usage: Remembrance Sunday
  • Composer: Richard M S Irwin from Meditations on the Angels – The Seven Chakra
  • Words Copyright © 2016 Courtenay Merchant.
  • Music Copyright © 2014 Richard M S Irwin
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Courtenay Merchant and Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

I vow to thee my country (Thaxted) – Orchestra

Lyric

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Recording -- for Orchestra

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Details

  • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
  • Tune: Thaxted
  • Meter: 13 13 13 13 13 13
  • Style: Early 20th Century
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 -- 1934) from Jupiter in his Planets’ Suite
  • Lyricist: Cecil Spring-Rice (1859 -- 1918)
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday, Weddings, Funerals
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

God save our gracious Queen (National Anthem) – Military Band

God save our gracious Queen – Lyrics

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

Not on this land alone,
but be God’s mercies known
from shore to shore:
Lord, make the nations see
that men should brothers be,
and form one family
the wide world o’er.

Recordings

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Details

  • Tune: National Anthem
  • Meter: 664 6664
  • Style: Traditional British
  • Composer: Unknown attributed to Composer: Henry Carey (1689 – 1743)
  • From Thesaurus Musicus (1744)
  • Lyricist: Unknown verses 1 – 2, verse 3 Lyricist: William E Hickson (1817 – 1877) from hymn “God bless our native land” an American hymn to the same tune.
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

God save our gracious Queen (National Anthem) – Organ

God save our gracious Queen – Lyrics

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

Not on this land alone,
but be God’s mercies known
from shore to shore:
Lord, make the nations see
that men should brothers be,
and form one family
the wide world o’er.

Recordings

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Details

  • Tune: National Anthem
  • Meter: 664 6664
  • Style: Traditional British
  • Composer: Unknown attributed to Composer: Henry Carey (1689 – 1743)
  • From Thesaurus Musicus (1744)
  • Lyricist: Unknown verses 1 – 2, verse 3 Lyricist: William E Hickson (1817 – 1877) from hymn “God bless our native land” an American hymn to the same tune.
  • Church Year: Remembrance Sunday
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performances Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The Lord’s my shepherd (Crimond)

Hymn – The Lord’s my shepherd – Lyrics

Based on Psalm 23

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

Recordings

Standard setting in F

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Lower setting in E Flat
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Details

    • Album: Wedding Songs - Vol 1
    • Tune: Crimond
    • Meter: CM
    • Style: Victorian Hymn
    • Composer: Jessie Seymour Irvine (1836 – 1887)
    • Lyricist: The Scottish Psalter (1650) based upon Psalm 23
    • Church Year: General, Funerals, Weddings
    • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
    • Performances ℗ 2018/2019 Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955). All rights reserved
    • UKTU21900052
    • UPC: 5060707370498